PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of any major party on Tuesday, a historic milestone that sets the stage for a battle to prove to voters that she is someone they can trust in the White House.
The second day of the Democratic National Convention was designed to offer reassurance to an electorate that has watched her on the national stage for more than two decades as first lady, then U.S. senator and secretary of state.
The roster of validators tapped to send that message ranged from her vanquished primary challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, to her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
In the hours before the roll call of states began, Democrats hashed out an agreement allowing Sanders to formally move that Clinton be nominated by acclamation.
The Clinton campaign also gave Sanders three nominating speeches for his candidacy, a roll call that counted his votes, and a moment that paid homage to his remarkable, insurgent candidacy.
Sanders’s motion to nominate Clinton sparked roars of approval from the crowd, a sign that the deep divisions that ran through the attendees just a day earlier, were being smoothed over. But a group of several dozen Sanders supporters left the convention floor after the roll call vote and conducted a sit-in in the media filing center.
In his prime-time address, Bill Clinton ran through a narrative of their lives together, from the multiple times she rejected his marriage proposals to dropping daughter Chelsea off at college, during which Hillary Clinton obsessed about installing paper liners in her daughter’s dresser drawers.
He highlighted her work in Arkansas developing preschool programs, her efforts to overhaul the health-care system early in his presidency, and her focus on farmers and small businesses as a U.S. senator from New York.
“She’s insatiably curious, she’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life,” he said. “This is a really important point for you to take out of this convention. If you believe in making change from the bottom up, if you believe the measure of change is how many people’s lives are better.”
Acknowledging the couple’s long tour on the national stage, Bill Clinton added: “Some people say, well, we need change, she’s been around a long time. She sure has, and she’s sure been worth every single year she’s put into making people’s lives better.”
Referring to last week’s Republican National Convention, in which most speakers attacked his wife and the delegates chanted “lock her up,” Bill Clinton called their depictions a “cartoon” version of her that the Republicans made up because the “real” one is too tough to beat.
After her husband’s speech, Hillary Clinton appeared via satellite on the convention video monitors.
“What an incredible honor that you have given me,” she said. “I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.”
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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